Africarare (Africarare.io), Africa’s first metaverse, has opened its doors to the rest of the world, ready to unleash African innovation and link Africa to the global digital economy. Plans for the commercialization of the 3D virtual reality experience set in Ubuntuland, a virtual environment that combines creativity, cryptocurrency, and commerce, were unveiled at a recent event in Johannesburg.
To begin, virtual land is now available for purchase and development via private sales or public NFT marketplaces, with MTN, Africa’s largest multinational mobile telecommunications Africarare, having already entered the space by securing a 12×12 village (144 plots of virtual real estate) to establish its visibility. MTN Group Executive Bernice Samuels said, “This is an exciting time for us as we guide companies throughout the continent into the metaverse marketplace.”
Furthermore, the Austria-based World Data Lab (WDL) has purchased a 6×6 town in Ubuntuland to expand their presence and engage with other major organizations. WDL intends to use this collaboration to help improve Africans’ quality of life and raise awareness of key-impact topics through virtual initiatives such as the creation of a Data Science Metaversity, the establishment of a consumer insights hub, and the provision of metaverse addressable market statistics and an analytics board.
In Ubuntuland, there will only ever be 204 642 pieces of land accessible, made up of various village sizes in various community centres. The land is positioned and priced in accordance with a tiered value structure, and it is made available for purchase in small batches.
Landowners will be able to personalize their 3-D land locations by hosting stores, creating resources, renting virtual services, or building games or other apps. Designated areas for work, play, and social interactions will be available to the community, including cutting-edge conference rooms, online treatment rooms (with optional anonymity), concert stages, film festival venues, study centers, and other dynamic interactive settings. More is on the way, including staking, DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), and blockchain play-to-earn games.
Norman Catherine, a world-renowned South African artist, has created a one-of-a-kind collection of avatars for the metaverse, which will be available for purchase as non-fungible tokens (NFT) later this year. The eccentric Normunda tribe is based on the artist’s unique vocabulary, which has sold for record sums in galleries all over the globe.
In addition, Africarare and South African singer Boitumelo Thulo have announced an interesting cooperation. The famous television personality, rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and model known as Boity will introduce the Boity tribe of 10,000 avatars. These NFTs will be accessible to fans shortly, with a Boity town in the works and ideas for virtual concerts in the works.
The money in Ubuntuland will be the $UBUNTU token, which will be released later this year and based on the Ethereum network. Everything in Africarare may be purchased, sold, or exchanged for $UBUNTU tokens, including plots or communities in Ubuntuland, as well as in-world purchases of digital products and services.
Africarare will showcase two art galleries devoted to displaying Africa’s tremendous inventiveness. The Mila gallery (Swahili for ‘tradition’) is now open and will include curated collections by some of Africa’s most prominent artists, while the Inuka gallery (Swahili for ‘rising’) will showcase works by upcoming African artists. Both galleries will have varied shows on a regular basis, with art works sold as NFTs.
Creators and developers may use the Africarare marketplace to mint and trade in-world assets like as land, avatars, avatar extensions, and other commodities and services that are or will be accessible in Ubuntuland. The marketplace is divided into four sections: Art, Ubuntuland, Avatars & Skins, and Digital Services. Users will also be able to trade on third-party platforms such as Opensea.
The Central Hub land area is allocated for Africarare custom-made experiences spanning from art to education and featuring galleries, live performances, stand-up comedy, video content channels, film festivals, safaris, and other activities.
“Africarare is focused on building and uplifting Africa,” said Mic Mann, Co-founder and CEO of Africarare. “Our metaverse will connect Africa to this booming arena of the global economy, stimulate growth and create multiple new jobs such as digital designers, creators and architects,” he said.
“Aside from the fact that Africa is our home, we’re doing this because we’re extremely bullish about the future of the continent,” said Shayne Mann, Co-founder of Africarare. “With Africarare being built on collaborative partnerships, the possibilities for commercialisation are endless,” he continued.
With Ubuntuland ready to become the most talked-about topic in the digital African arena, now is the moment to own a piece of Virtual Africa!